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Packed Trunks in Multiple Human Smuggling Attempts Stopped at Checkpoint

Release Date
Mon, 10/19/2020

LAREDO, TEXAS – During the same evening, agents at the Interstate Highway 35 (I-35) checkpoint north of Laredo prevented two attempts of human smuggling via car trunk.

The first incident occurred during the early evening of October 15, when a sedan approached the checkpoint.  A Service canine alerted agents during immigration inspection of the driver and passenger.  Agents discovered three individuals inside the trunk of the vehicle without any Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). 

The second incident occurred less than an hour and half later when another sedan approached the primary inspection lane of the I-35 checkpoint.  During an inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered two individuals in the trunk without any PPE.

In both incidents, all of the individuals were determined to be illegally present in the United States from the countries of Mexico and Honduras.  They were medically evaluated and did not exhibit any signs of illness.  The individuals along with both drivers and the one front seat passenger, all U.S. citizens, were taken into custody pending investigation.  Border Patrol seized the vehicles. 

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, agents from the Laredo Sector are trained and ready to respond to an array of emergencies and provide aid to anyone in need.  Their commitment to Public Service is foremost in their duties.  The Vision of the Laredo Sector is to enhance the Nation’s security through innovation, intelligence, collaboration, and community trust. 

To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.  If you see something, please say something.  You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector. 

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Last Modified: Mar 14, 2024